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O espaço, seus acessos e usos / The Space, its Accesses and Uses

Debates e reflexões a partir da Brazilian Caravan, parte do projeto Transnational Dialogues 2014 / Debates and reflexions from the Brazilian Caravan experience, part of the project Transnational Dialogues 2014 / Raphael Franco

An English version of the article is available here.

O século XX trouxe uma série de processos transformadores para a humanidade. A globalização (ou mundialização) aproximou os continentes, imprimindo na sociedade dinâmicas econômicas e políticas que, naturalmente, tiveram impacto nos âmbitos social e cultural. Alem do acesso a novos meios de produção e mercadorias, a globalização abriu caminho para maior acesso à informação e facilidade de fluxos transitórios. Com isto, processos de reflexão crítica também se tornaram mais freqüentes, através da inter-conexão entre diversos grupos, organizações, instituições e indivíduos.

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M^C^O: You can bet on it!

Artist Vanessa Rosa tells about her experience as artist-in-residence at the occupied cultural centre M^C^O, Milan. After the interview with Dorberto Carvalho of Sao Paulo's Casa Amarela, Transnational Dialogues keeps addressing the issues of spaces of artistic production in global cities.

Painting and drawing for me is a way to feel connected to the space where I am in, as if it were a reaction to the sensations caused by the context. Thus, it is a great pleasure for me to be able to paint whenever I am passing through new cities, especially when the act of painting is not a solitary observation, but a way to interact with people. I can almost feel to be part of a city, once I can develop an artistic project in it.

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Cildo Meireles. Behind the Surface

Today at HangarBicocca, Milan, it has opened Installations by Cildo Meireles, an “installation of installations”, “cacophonic and experiential”, in the words of its curator Vicente Todolí. Twelve works by Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles occupy the space of HangarBicocca, ranging from a microscopic cube with 9 mm sides (Cruzeiro do Sul, 1969-1970) to a gigantic labyrinth which includes iron fences, barbed wire and broken glasses (Através, 1983/1989). The exhibition is there to stimulate the senses, but it is the intellect that is constantly challenged by Meireles’ artworks.

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Ocupações culturais em São Paulo, Brasil

Em meados de fevereiro coletivos de artistas ocupou para finalidades artísticas uma casa pertencente à União, tombada pelo Patrimônio Histórico, na região da Consolação, em São Paulo. Desde então várias atividades culturais, debates vem acontecendo na Casa Amarela, como ela ficou chamada. Arte-educadora Malu Andrade conversei com Dorberto Carvalho, um dos idealizadores do movimento para saber mais sobre o movimento, o que pretendem e como ele vê a integração com os outros movimentos que também pensam a cidade artisticamente.

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Deja Vu (Sweeping Gulou) — A Performance in the Streets of Beijing

On May 1st, 2013, Chinese and foreign artists joined for a restaging of the Beuys’ performance that took place in Karl‐Marx‐Platz, West Berlin, on May 1st, 1972. An impromptu artistic action touching the issues of labour, migrants, communism and capitalism at the very heart of Beijing has been here documented.  Continue reading Deja Vu (Sweeping Gulou) — A Performance in the Streets of Beijing

Afrofuturism

Text written by Azu Nwagbogu for the exhibition Foam X African Artists’ Foundation, 19 May – 16 July 2017, at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam. Também disponível em português!

“If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.” Genesis Chapter 11 Verse 6

When was the last time you saw a leading African, a black person, in a fictional narrative in which the character is enhanced and inspiring? Perhaps in a comic book, or as James Bond, in a major television series, surely in the movies? While you search, I present you three young global leaders from Africa disrupting this narrative. Mũchiri Njenga, Kadara Enyeasi, and Osborne Macharia are rephrasing our contemporary reality through fictional narratives using lens-based media. Continue reading Afrofuturism